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    Positive meaning in amputation and thoughts about the amputated limb

    Gallagher, P. and MacLachlan, Malcolm (2000) Positive meaning in amputation and thoughts about the amputated limb. Prosthetics & Orthotics International, 24 (3). pp. 196-204. ISSN 0309-3646

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    The majority of research conducted on the aftermath of amputation understandably concerns itself with its most distressing aspects. This research aimed to explore whether and how people think about their amputated limb, and whether and if they considered anything good had emerged from their amputation. One hundred and four (104) people completed the Trinity Amputation and Prosthesis Experience Scales (TAPES) and two open-ended questions. The majority of participants were young and had traumatic amputations. Fifty-six percent (56%) of people thought about their amputated limb. People with bilateral or a trans-femoral amputation were more likely to think about their amputated limb than people with a trans-tibial amputation. Forty-eight percent (48%) considered that something good had happened as a result of the amputation. Furthermore, finding positive meaning was significantly associated with more favourable physical capabilities and health ratings, lower levels of Athletic Activity Restriction and higher levels of Adjustment to Limitation. Future research and clinical implications are discussed.

    Item Type: Article
    Keywords: Positive meaning; amputation; amputated limb;
    Academic Unit: Assisting Living & Learning,ALL institute
    Faculty of Science and Engineering > Psychology
    Item ID: 16554
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    Depositing User: Malcolm MacLachlan
    Date Deposited: 20 Sep 2022 15:01
    Journal or Publication Title: Prosthetics & Orthotics International
    Publisher: Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins
    Refereed: Yes
    Use Licence: This item is available under a Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial Share Alike Licence (CC BY-NC-SA). Details of this licence are available here

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